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Old 06-02-2012, 02:47 PM   #4921
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Hmmm...interesting. I've had my V for two and a half years and put 7K miles on it (have other bikes) and love it as well. However the wife has started to come along and we are about 350lbs together so was actually thinking of replacing it with a GS or Tenere, maybe even a 990 or Tiger 800/1050.

It's okay for day trips for us, but not with luggage or gear for multi-day rides or overnighting.

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Just where I'm at right now.

When I owned the 1150GS I had an integral garage that made me feel like Batman . Plus, I had a big trip planned with my 12-year old son riding pillion. 2500 miles round Europe. We did that ride, based near Carcasonne in southern France and taking the GS out all over the region (best day ever: me and my son riding over the Millau Bridge).

But my circumstance changed, and my new house has a sloped (and narrow) driveway and an outside shed/garage. The GS was simply too big for the available space. And 2-up was likely to be day rides, as I could no longer afford long range touring.

I really loved the boxer motor; I'd own one now, if I could. But at my standard of living, right now, the V is the best value and most useful/fun bike I could own.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:17 PM   #4922
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I remove the stock windshield when its warmer out. I tried all three positions they all suck for me. I have a new '11.

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Old 06-02-2012, 03:40 PM   #4923
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Do you have any experience on naked bikes? If so how does the V sans windsreen compare with a naked bike for wind noise?
I ask, because the V pushes most of my buttons, but I'm leary of bikes with fairings that have extensive threads about noise and/or buffeting. In my experience, naked bikes are almost always the quietest in terms of wind noise. If simply taking off the screen smoothes and quiets the air to anywhere close to a naked bike, I may be in.

I took the screen and brackets off my 08. Nice and quiet like a naked bike. I'll be taking all the fairings off eventually.

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Old 06-02-2012, 05:01 PM   #4924
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Very nice Roam! That's what I'm talkin about.......
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:00 PM   #4925
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Hi.

I traded my dad my 98 1100GS for his 08 Versys today. BMW parts are too expensive and it was starting to need a part every month or so (just rolled over 60,000 miles - I just bought it in January.) And, it only got 30mpg, which defeats part of the point of a motorcycle.



Pretty fun. Sounds awesome. Has the lowering kit and hand built engine guard/rack mounts.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:10 PM   #4926
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I took the screen and brackets off my 08. Nice and quiet like a naked bike. I'll be taking all the fairings off eventually.

I run my '11 without the windscreen on a regular basis. 4 allen bolts and it is off.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:21 AM   #4927
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What oil and how many miles between oil changes do you guys do.
I am doing the first oil change today and picked up full synthetic Kawi oil.
You want to put a couple thousand or so on it before switching to full synth.

I changed mine at 25 miles, 200 miles, 500 and 1000 and then switched to regular intervals switching to full synthetic at ~3200 miles.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:41 AM   #4928
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Everybody has their own thing. I use regular 10/40 and change it every 2,000 miles. I just hit 8,000.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:00 AM   #4929
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What oil and how many miles between oil changes do you guys do.
I am doing the first oil change today and picked up full synthetic Kawi oil.
I'm trying to get away from using oil, I now use a crushed limestone/water mixture, its a little noisy but man that cylinder is clean!

I prefer dead dinosaurs to full synthetic but that's just me. Changed every 3000 with a filter every other time. Valvoline 10w-30 is what I've been putting in mine for the last 12,000.

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Old 06-03-2012, 05:07 AM   #4930
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I'm trying to get away from using oil, I now use a crushed limestone/water mixture, its a little noisy but man that cylinder is clean!

I prefer dead dinosaurs to full synthetic but that's just me. Changed every 3000 with a filter every other time. Valvoline 10w-30 is what I've been putting in mine for the last 12,000.

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Old 06-03-2012, 05:07 AM   #4931
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Yep 10w40 I am thinking 550 miles then 1000 then 2500 etc
hey Mr. BWV, 15/50 M1 is what you want. off the shelf at wmart or the parts stores, filters there also. if you're changing at 1000, dump the full syn in then. i've run the M1 for 60-70,000 miles in these ptwin motors, good stuff.

if ya plan on riding that thing in the WV snow, then 5/40 Rotella full syn is what ya want for those months.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:08 AM   #4932
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Hey guys what is the sensor on the counter shaft for? The speedo maybe. If so then by jumping to a 16 tooth how would one go about recalibrating the speedo?
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:10 AM   #4933
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hey Mr. BWV, 15/50 M1 is what you want. off the shelf at wmart or the parts stores, filters there also. if you're changing at 1000, dump the full syn in then. i've run the M1 for 60-70,000 miles in these ptwin motors, good stuff.

if ya plan on riding that thing in the WV snow, then 5/40 Rotella full syn is what ya want for those months.
Does this oil still have the additives for the wet clutch set up? And which oils still have the good stuff I had thought about the new oils alot but with all the new roller lifters and rockers there leaving the good stuff out.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:28 AM   #4934
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Does this oil still have the additives for the wet clutch set up? And which oils still have the good stuff I had thought about the new oils alot but with all the new roller lifters and rockers there leaving the good stuff out.
The Mobil 1 will be fine in your bike, it has the right additives. I've been using using it for the last 40K miles with no issues. 3K mile service intervals will serve you well. It cost all of $10 to do an oil change on the V if you can catch the jugs of oil on sale like I did ($13.37 for 4 quarts jugs of M1 10w40 and Purolator filter $3.50 Just a smidge over two quarts of oil to fill the crankcase and filter)
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:31 AM   #4935
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Hey guys what is the sensor on the counter shaft for? The speedo maybe. If so then by jumping to a 16 tooth how would one go about recalibrating the speedo?
keep the damped OEM countershaft sprocket and change your gearing with the rear sprocket if desired. the stock gearing is spot on for your area and the way you are likely to ride.
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